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  • Commercial maneuvers

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    nunya business
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    What is the best way for a new CPL student to learn and be proficient in the Commercial Maneuvers up to PTS standards? Is it best to have your CFI introduce only 1 or 2 maneuvers per lesson and not to move on to the next maneuver until the student has become PTS proficient in the first one or two maneuvers that were introduced in the lesson? Do most CFI’s have an order by which the Commercial maneuvers are introduced to the student? If so, what is the best order in which a student can learn the commercial maneuvers and the quickest way to know them up to PTS standards?
  • Updated: ForeFlight Mobile 6.2.1 Submitted to App Store

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    ForeFlight
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Updated July 11, 2014:  ForeFlight Mobile 6.2.1 is now available on the App Store and will resolve the app close issue. If you updated to version 6.2 and your user waypoints are missing, please contact us at team@foreflight.com for instructions on how to restore them. If you deleted and reinstalled the app as a workaround, it isn’t possible to recover the user waypoints. We apologize for this happening and we appreciate your patience while we fixed it. If you experience any further issue with 6.2.1, please contact us immediately at team@foreflight.com. Original post: Earlier today…
  • ForeFlight Mobile Receives Operational Suitability Approval on iPad and iPhone

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    ForeFlight
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    We are pleased to announce that the FAA’s Aircraft Evaluation Group completed an evaluation of ForeFlight Mobile as an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution and found the app to be operationally suitable as a “complete flight deck solution for continuous accessibility for the pilot.” The approval letter goes on to say: “[The] ForeFlight Mobile application includes airport flight directory information and instrument departure and arrival procedures and charts for all of the US and Canadian IFR National Airspace System. The mobile application was evaluated and found to be operationally…
  • Bulletin: July 24 Data Updates

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    ForeFlight Data Team
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Data updates are now available to download for the July 24, 2014 – August 21, 2014 and July 24, 2014 – September 18, 2014 periods: Airport and Navigation Database ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including over 100 new diagrams on July 24 North American Obstacles From the FAA: VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts, now with the Grand Canyon VFR Chart High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts Caribbean High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts Ocean Planning Charts Gulf of Mexico Helicopter Charts Taxi Diagrams Terminal Procedures Airport/Facility Diagrams Documents, including new Class B enhancement…
  • Join the coalition -- make your voice heard!

    AIA dailyLead®
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Do you work in the aerospace/defense industry; are you active or retired military; or do you simply love aviation/space explo -More- General Manager, Training and Simulation Pacific Sky Aviation Inc.
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  • Bulletin: July 24 Data Updates

    ForeFlight Data Team
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Data updates are now available to download for the July 24, 2014 – August 21, 2014 and July 24, 2014 – September 18, 2014 periods: Airport and Navigation Database ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including over 100 new diagrams on July 24 North American Obstacles From the FAA: VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts, now with the Grand Canyon VFR Chart High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts Caribbean High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts Ocean Planning Charts Gulf of Mexico Helicopter Charts Taxi Diagrams Terminal Procedures Airport/Facility Diagrams Documents, including new Class B enhancement…
  • ForeFlight Mobile Receives Operational Suitability Approval on iPad and iPhone

    ForeFlight
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    We are pleased to announce that the FAA’s Aircraft Evaluation Group completed an evaluation of ForeFlight Mobile as an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution and found the app to be operationally suitable as a “complete flight deck solution for continuous accessibility for the pilot.” The approval letter goes on to say: “[The] ForeFlight Mobile application includes airport flight directory information and instrument departure and arrival procedures and charts for all of the US and Canadian IFR National Airspace System. The mobile application was evaluated and found to be operationally…
  • Bulletin: July 16 Data Updates

    ForeFlight Data Team
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The Pilot’s Guide to ForeFlight Mobile and the Stratus 2nd Generation Pilot’s Guide have both been updated in the ForeFlight Document Catalog. These updates cover the latest features in ForeFlight Mobile 6.2.1 and the most up to date guide to Stratus 2. These documents are available for download on the iPad version of ForeFlight Mobile. Tap on the Documents view, then tap Catalog in the top-right corner to see the list of available documents. All users who have an existing copy of either document will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile. A new Airport…
  • Seamlessly Sync Favorites, Enjoy Profile View Refinements in ForeFlight Mobile 6.2.1

    ForeFlight
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    ForeFlight Mobile version 6.2.1 is now available for download on the App Store. Seamlessly Sync Favorites and Recents With ForeFlight Mobile version 6.2.1 we introduce Sync, a fast cloud-based syncing system that seamlessly transfers information between your iPhone and iPad. For example, this capability allows you to plan a flight on your iPhone and that flight will appear in the recent routes list on your iPad, or in your favorites list if you have marked the route as a favorite. There is no special user interaction required as syncing is automatic. Seamlessly sync your favorites and recents…
  • Updated: ForeFlight Mobile 6.2.1 Submitted to App Store

    ForeFlight
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Updated July 11, 2014:  ForeFlight Mobile 6.2.1 is now available on the App Store and will resolve the app close issue. If you updated to version 6.2 and your user waypoints are missing, please contact us at team@foreflight.com for instructions on how to restore them. If you deleted and reinstalled the app as a workaround, it isn’t possible to recover the user waypoints. We apologize for this happening and we appreciate your patience while we fixed it. If you experience any further issue with 6.2.1, please contact us immediately at team@foreflight.com. Original post: Earlier today…
 
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  • AirVenture brings hands-on aviation show to Wis.

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    The EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., offers children and adults alike a chance enjoy airshows and get hands-on aviation  -More- 
  • Only in Wisconsin: Celebrating the spirit of Oshkosh

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Do you remember your first time? Most people never forget it.  -More- What he didn't know about his life insurance cost his family $1 Million. Be certain you have a life insurance policy that is designed for pilots. Aviation exclusions can void your coverage with some policies. Get the right coverage without exclusions. Pilot Insurance Center specializes in Life Insurance designed for pilots. (800) 380-8376 or piclife.com
  • NASA software puts FAA closer to implementing NextGen air traffic control

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
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  • Kan. company fosters partnerships in China to improve general aviation business

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    As China opens its airspace and expands its general aviation industry, U.S.  -More- 
  • China's first low-altitude airline plagued by high costs

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    China's first low-altitude airline is now operational, but high ticket prices may keep it out of the reach of most travelers. -More- Your Ultimate Personal Aircraft Is Ready — Socata TBM 900. The TBM 900 with a cruise speed of 330 KTAS at FL280 (in ISA conditions) gives owners and pilots the advantages of the typical cruising speeds of light jets, with the economical direct operating costs of a single-engine turboprop. 1,730 Nautical Miles is the range of the TBM 900 at long-range cruising speed with 4 people on board. Click Here For Complete Details!
 
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    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News

  • Unplanned Exit

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    No one knows the potential consequences of windshield failure better than Tim Lancaster, who on June 10, 1990, was the pilot-in-command of British Airways Flight 5390 traveling from Birmingham, England, to Malaga, Spain. Suddenly the left windscreen on the BAC 1-11 separated from the fuselage and Capt. Lancaster was immediately jerked out of his seat with such force that his head and entire upper torso were pulled entirely out of the airplane through the opening where his windshield had been. Only his legs remained inside. read more
  • TFRs to Grow As Election Season Nears, FAA, TSA Officials Say

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    FAA and Transportation Security Administration  officials, acknowledging that temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are already numerous, warn that the number of TFRs are only going to increase as the election season draws closer. read more
  • Fast Five

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Dick Koenig Executive Director, Corporate Angel Network (CAN) Westchester County Airport White Plains, New York read more
  • Executive Jet Management Receives European AOC

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Executive Jet Management, NetJets’ aircraft management and charter operation, recently received its European Air Operating Certificate (AOC) and is aiming to have 13 or 14 aircraft enrolled by year-end, according to Robert Moisbergen, president and COO of the operation. In addition, he says the group hopes to receive its AOC for China this August and has two Hawkers “on our ramp in Zuhai” awaiting the award to begin operations, and is closing on a contract for a Global 5000 there as well.   
  • Textron Buys CJ, Conquest Trainer ProFlight

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Textron, which recently launched a new simulation and training unit to serve the business, commercial and military markets, is already growing its new business with the acquisition of ProFlight in Carlsbad, California. Founded in 1988, ProFlight is an approved Part 142 center that specializes in Cessna Citation CJ and Conquest training. The company has trained thousands of pilots, ranging from owner operators to corporate aviation departments. It will remain in Carlsbad, becoming part of Textron’s TRU Simulation + Training, Inc. business. read more
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    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points

  • Last stop: Nagoya and Kyoto

    Tom Horne
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    It was an easy two-hour trip from Taipei to Jeju, South Korea, and the day spent at Jeju gave the touring group of pilots a chance to see a volcanic caldera and check out the Shilla Hotel’s private beach. I’d never heard of the place before, but Jeju is a big tourist destination and has a huge modern airport to prove it. But this trip is all about the flying so today we flew from Jeju to Nagoya, Japan. Jeju was hot and foggy at the surface for today’s departure but we picked up 50-knot tailwinds at the Mustang’s cruising altitude of 33,000 feet. Groundspeeds hit…
  • True fact about ‘True Lies’

    Mike Collins
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Remember the action comedy True Lies, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger famously hops into a Harrier, bounces off a couple of police cars, balances his daughter on the jump- jet’s nose, and dispatches a terrorist who was dangling from an attached Sidewinder missile? Nothing true about that scene. But it is true that the movie turned 20 years old yesterday. And it’s also true that some of the flying scenes in that movie involved actual Harrier jets. Three Marine Corps AV-8Bs were rented for the filming; the producers reportedly paid an hourly rate of $2,410 for more than 40 flight…
  • The Women Pilots of Air Journey’s RTW

    Tom Horne
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    Of the nine pilots flying the current legs of Air Journey’s around the world (RTW) voyage, two are women. One, Laura Azara, plans to file for a record flight: the youngest female pilot to complete an around the world trip in an unmodified airplane–a Pilatus PC-12NG. Yes, Amelia Earhart–no, not that Amelia Earhart–recently claimed an around-the-world record for being the youngest female pilot to reach that goal, and in a PC-12 NG to boot. But the latter Earhart made her flight using a PC-12NG fitted with ferry fuel tanks. And while she may have been the youngest to do…
  • Slots and Heat

    Tom Horne
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    For yesterday’s departure from Hong Kong each airplane in the group was assigned a slot. These ranged from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. so it was important for us to all get to the airport well in advance. Hong Kong, with departures occurring at what must be one-minute intervals, is a very, very busy place. In any event, our carefully allotted slot times didn’t work out as planned. Like many big airports overseas, at Hong Kong you have to call up clearance delivery, then ground control to get an engine start time. The first time I called up, I was told to expect a 10-minute wait for…
  • Next Stop: Taipei

    Tom Horne
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    It’s late here (10:30 p.m.) and we have departure slots reserved for tomorrow morning, so it will be a 5:00 a.m. wakeup for the trip to the airport. The trip from Hong Kong (VHHH) to Taipei (RCTP) should take us about 1.5 hours in the Mustang, and I thought I’d share a screen shot of our anticipated route before hitting the rack. WSI’s app, showing the planned route. Note how it studiously avoids mainland China.
 
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  • CFI Interview Advice

    Shea Koenig
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Fellow CFIs, after a year of no luck since my check ride, I finally may have an interview at a 141 school. I haven’t been able to fly or instruct since. But I’m very excited for this opportunity. Any advice or tips will be greatly appreciated. What questions stumped you as a new CFI.     
  • Learning the Commercial Maneuvers

    nunya business
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    What is the best way for a student to learn the Commercial Maneuvers and get proficient to PTS standards? Is it better for the CFI to introduce 1 or 2 maneuvers per lesson and not to move on to another maneuver until the student has become proficient in the two that were introduced. Or, is it best to introduce them all at once and jump around during the lesson from one to the other? Do most CFI’s have an order by which they are introduced?
  • TAS – CAS Corrected for Nonstandard Temp?

    Drew
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    I understand how altitude and density affects TAS. I do not understand why CAS needs to be corrected for nonstandard temperature.
  • Powered Glider

    DeWitt Barker
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    A person has a ASEL & Glider rating, is there a additional rating for powered glider or maybe just a logbook endorsement? I can’t find anything in FAR’s.
  • Commercial maneuvers

    nunya business
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    What is the best way for a new CPL student to learn and be proficient in the Commercial Maneuvers up to PTS standards? Is it best to have your CFI introduce only 1 or 2 maneuvers per lesson and not to move on to the next maneuver until the student has become PTS proficient in the first one or two maneuvers that were introduced in the lesson? Do most CFI’s have an order by which the Commercial maneuvers are introduced to the student? If so, what is the best order in which a student can learn the commercial maneuvers and the quickest way to know them up to PTS standards?
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    Max Trescott Aviation Trends Aloft

  • Rusty Pilot Seminars Near You!

    Max Trescott
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Have you been out of the skies for more than 90 days? Or maybe for years, but plan to return someday soon? If so, you may want to attend one of AOPA’s Rusty Pilot seminars! As you know, sometimes life gets in the way. For pilots, flying is rarely their top priority as they build families and careers. But the dream of flight never goes away and most pilots plan to get back into aviation someday, when time and money permit. So maybe NOW is your time to start returning to the skies. Getting into the air again is not as difficult as most pilots think and AOPA is rolling out Rusty Pilot…
  • Gossamer Airplane Presentation in Mountain View, California

    Max Trescott
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:23 am
    Hard to believe but, it’s been over 30 years since the pedal-powered Gossamer Airplane flew across the English Channel. Besides winning a huge cash prize, some of the carbon-fiber construction techniques used today were invented during the project. If you’re lucky enough to be in the S.F. Bay area next week, don't miss the Aero Club of Northern California luncheon on Thursday, April 3, featuring Dr. Morton Grosser presenting on the human-powered, Gossamer Airplane project. Luncheon is at 11:15 AM at Michaels at Shoreline, Mountain View, CA. Please send your name and choice of Cobb…
  • Rod Machado dinner event - November 1 Hiller Museum, San Carlos

    Max Trescott
    24 Oct 2013 | 11:49 pm
    “If we had royalty in the United States, then Rod Machado would be the Prince of General Aviation. He sets the gold standard for accomplishments and for being a kind human being who helps others.” That’s what I wrote about Rod in one of my books. If you are in the S.F. Bay area next weekend, run, drive, fly, hitchhike or swim to the San Carlos Airport to meet Rod and hear him speak on Friday night. If you’ve never heard Rod speak then you’re in for a real treat. He’s one of the funniest aviation speakers on the planet, so it’s bound to be hilarious evening. He will be honored…
  • Boeing 777 Procedures from a 777 Pilot

    Max Trescott
    24 Jul 2013 | 7:05 pm
    Media coverage of the Asiana 214 crash underscored a problem with accident reporting: the pilots who know the most about the accident aircraft are often 777 Cockpit. Image from Wikimedia Commons.not the ones you see on television. That’s because most airline pilots are barred by union policy from commenting and sharing what they know. Retired airline pilots are free to comment, though I didn’t see any 777 pilots interviewed. So to get some insight into 777 procedures, I recently met up at a Starbucks with a retired 777 pilot. As background, let me mention that NBC Bay Area invited me to…
  • Finally! An Accurate G1000 simulator

    Max Trescott
    7 Jun 2013 | 10:05 am
    Flight simulators can improve flying skills, especially if they closely approximate a real airplane. But many don’t, so when I teach clients in those devices I frequently say “In the real airplane it works differently from this.”  But finally there’s a device that so closely mirrors the real Garmin G1000 that I don’t need to make excuses for it. It’s the new GT Glass Trainer from Precision Flight Controls (PFC). Technically, most devices found in flight schools are not flight simulators. The FAA reserves that term for the million dollar devices used to train pilots in turboprops…
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  • Staying Concise, Staying Solvent

    John Ewing
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Flight instruction has been a bit SLOw for me over the last month, but the good news is that gave me time to get to some neglected writing projects. Loyal readers may recall that when I released my first iBook a little over two years ago, I mentioned plans to do a whole concise series. So after several long days, and with some help from my friends (who proofread and helped to smooth the rough edges), The Concise Guide to the Diamond DA40-180 is now available on the iBooks store. And kudos to the Apple iBooks review team, who examined and approved my submission in a matter of…
  • No news is ...

    John Ewing
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:09 am
    Greeting from the California Central Coast!The dust is beginning to settle from our recent move and rumor has it I'll begin instructing at the San Luis Obispo Airport later today. Any airplane flies the same way regardless of your location, but the environment is different here. A fairly busy Class D airport as opposed to Oakland's Class C and already I miss the rapid pace (if not downright surly) interactions with NorCal.With a bit of down time there was a chance to finish the fifth edition of The Concise Guide to IFR, which is available now on the iBooks store. It incorporates recent FAA…
  • May 2014 Photos

    John Ewing
    25 May 2014 | 10:37 am
    Expect fewer than average posts over the next few weeks as I prepare to move to the CA central coast. For now, here are some recent photos ...Departing UkiahMt. Diablo at SunsetFlying the Eastern SierraEn route San DiegoHeading SouthHold at KACBYLee ViningMono LakeApproaching Mono LakeNear Lake MendocinoOver US 395Eastern Sierra TurbulenceOver Truckee Carson City
  • April Showers and other Photos

    John Ewing
    2 May 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Approaching Long BeachAwaiting IFR releaseOver Castro Valley YUnusual, late April storm, dodging the yellow stuffLeft Base RWY 34, Yolo CountySanta Rosa Seven departureRight downwind, somewhere near Lake MerrittResume direct OAKSan Francisco Bay2 mile final, RWY 32 ILS, Santa RosaNear LUSEEApproaching Lake ChabotIdyllic Central ValleyDeparting Long Beach via Hollywood Park routeApproaching the Gorman Pass
  • Soft Field Follies

    John Ewing
    27 Apr 2014 | 6:53 pm
    "My touchdown wasn't very soft," my student lamented, after managing a strong crosswind and plopping the plane onto the asphalt. We were in a tricycle gear aircraft and her touchdown attitude was good: Nose high, but not so high as to strike the tail, minimum airspeed, full flaps. In point of fact, her landing would have been a different experience on a grass or dirt strip. Pilots often need to demonstrate soft field operations during a practical test, even if they are just simulations on a paved runway, but actual soft field operations on unpaved runways may be becoming a rare…
 
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  • Human Factors

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    My Human Factors training is not yet up for renewal, but I'm looking at notes on the training materials we used last time. They were aimed at the maintainer, not the pilot. The main benefit of this is realizing how many shortcuts and errors maintenance personnel make. If I take a shorcut, it works or doesn't that day. If they do, their not-quite-right repair or incompletely inspected part might be in there, waiting to kill me for another 500 hours. Some of the "good practice" and "bad practice" sample conversations from the videos sound just like ones I hear in the hangar, especially the one…
  • Day Trip

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I and a fairly new coworker are assigned to go to a site about an hour away and do some work. It's expected to be a single flight: zip up there, do the work and come back to base without landing. I say, "Just in case the work takes longer and we have to land for fuel, do you have a company credit card?" He doesn't yet, so I grab mine, just in case. We fly to the location, but don't succeed in completing the work. The conditions aren't appropriate. We've just turned for home when my coworker receives a message on the satellite link. "Do you guys have overnight gear?" The true answer is, "No,"…
  • It Did Not, However, Contain a Live Bobcat

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I'm picking an airplane up from a routine maintenance inspection and service. It's early in the morning, before anyone from the maintenance unit is in. This is not unusual. It's a little unusual for us to have scheduled maintenance performed away from home base, but sometimes the person responsible for maintenance makes arrangements with other companies. I pick up the journey log. If that paperwork is not done, the maintenance is considered incomplete, so I always check it first. The signed maintenance release shows the work that has been performed on the airplane, so I know what to pay…
  • Hazards on the Taxi

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I'm taxiing into the ramp of a familiar FBO. There's a local airline/charter outfit that flies out of here and I have to run the gauntlet between their ranks of parked airplanes to get to where I'm going. Today there's an additional obstacle. Someone is washing one of their airplanes and a hose stretches from the hangar across my path. I weigh the possibilities. Probably I can taxi over it with no harm to anything, save a momentary interruption in water pressure for the guy washing the plane.  But there's a possibility, as when taxiing in the vicinity of any rope, that it could be picked…
  • Premature Ditching & Last Minute Go Around

    5 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A train carrying Boeing fuselages to assembly plants in Washington state derailed in Montana, dumping the aircraft parts into a river. No one was injured, but I'm guessing someone's airplane deliveries might be late. The video is taken by river rafters coming up on the scene. And here's a go around at Barcelona: Russian crew forced to put in the power and abort their landing at the last moment because an Argentinian aircraft was taxiing across the runway. I don't know whether this was the result of an ATC error, or the Argentinians failed to hold short of the runway.
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  • Newsletter July 2014: National Museum of WW 2 Aviation

    XPDR
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    World War II and the Greatest Generation In 1935, British engineer Robert Watson-Watt was working on a "death ray" that would destroy enemy aircraft using radio waves. His "death ray" instead evolved into radar-or "radio detection and ranging." Major Challenge Grant Received July 2014 In This Issue Greatest Generation Challenge Grant Received Herbert Weiss Museum Volunteers Airshow Approaching Your Comments   Slattery Family Foundation Challenge Grant Received The Board of Directors of the National Museum of World War II Aviation has received a $5 million challenge grant from the…
  • Indy Transponder 23-JUL-2014 0300z

    XPDR
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
    The story behind Aeroshell’s iconic cow poster · General Aviation News | As many of you read this, you may be on your way to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, slated for July 28-Aug. 3. I hope to be there this year and may see some of you. I always enjoy Oshkosh, but one of my best memories is of the 1993 Aeroshell Speed Dash and the world-renowned cow poster. If you have not seen a cow poster, you’ve missed the absolute peak of general aviation advertisement. How it happened is another story....Two rare Fairchild 71s bring rich aviation history to AirVenture * The Oshkosh Northwestern | The…
  • Indy Transponder 22-JUL-2014 1630z

    XPDR
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Video: Entertainment Frecce Tricolori in Trapani * DiariodelWeb.it | The exciting exhibition of aerobatic pilots, to the tune of "Nessun dorma" closed in Trapani Fly for Peace, 2014. Astronaut Luca Parmitano was the special guest of the event was born from the desire to promote respect...The Patrouille de France stopover at the airport  * ladepeche.fr  | The Patrouille de France for a stopover in the airport and the aerobatic team of the Air Force attending the meeting of Marmande, scheduled July 26th in the world championship model aircraft shall stop at Agen . It is even...World…
  • Indy Transponder 22-JUL-2014 0245z

    XPDR
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Blue Angels Fat Albert temporarily replaced * Pensacola News Journal | The Blue Angels utilize a C-130 each year to transport both maintenance and support team members, as well as equipment to each air show. The aircraft also serves as the opening act of Blue Angels flight demonstration performances, demonstrating the...Precision flying, lots of displays draw throusands to Offutt air show * Omaha World-Herald | People wait inside a C17 Globe Master 3 for a chance to see inside the cockpit during day one of the Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show at the Offutt Air Force Base in Sarpy…
  • Indy Transponder 21-JUL-2014 1600z

    XPDR
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Knicely Done: Blue Angels Ride Of A Lifetime * WOWT | There were a lot of pre-flight instructions but one in particular really stood out: "The airsickness bags are right there by your arm." It's something this reporter thought about a lot in anticipation of a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly with the famed Blue Angels in advance of their performance at the Offutt Air Show on Saturday and Sunday....Wes Welker flies with Thunderbirds *9NEWS KUSA | Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker participated in an F-16 ride along with the Air Force Thunderbirds Sunday afternoon at Cheyenne Regional…
 
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  • AirplaneGeeks 308 – AirVenture Oshkosh Preview with Jack Pelton

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
    EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2014 preview, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and the Farnborough International Airshow. Guest Guest Jack Pelton is Chairman of the Board of the Experimental Aircraft Association (the EAA). He’s the retired chairman, president, and chief executive officer for Cessna Aircraft Company. Jack was Sr. Vice President of Engineering for Dornier Aircraft in Munich, and he started his career at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach CA. Also, he was a member of the board and past chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and served on the board of directors of the…
  • AirplaneGeeks 307 – Aviation Weather

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Aviation weather training, airline fare disclosure, angle of attack indicators, Boeing market forecast, the pilot shortage, aviation scholarships, aero clubs, and funny cartoons. Guest Scott Dennstaedt specializes in aviation weather training for pilots. He’s a flight instructor, trained in meteorology, and he owns Chesapeake Aviation Training, headquartered in South Carolina. In addition to flight instruction, he operates the subscription-based website Aviation Weather Workshops, where you’ll find many aviation weather resources. Scott also delivers live workshops all over the country,…
  • AirplaneGeeks 306 – Make a Plan and Become a Pilot

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    New ATP written exam requirements going into effect, a Boeing 757 successor, NTSB investigation of the TWA Flight 800 accident, the AOPA Rusty Pilot program, and what you need to do to become a professional pilot. Guest Guest Kevin Garrison is a CFI, journalist, and author with many articles in prominent aviation publications. He’s flown the MD-88, DC-9, 727, 757, 767, and 777. He’s currently working on a series of inexpensive “CEO of the Cockpit” guidebooks about getting into the professional flying business. Kevin also provides services to medium-sized companies through Aerospace…
  • AirplaneGeeks 305 – Alternative Jet Fuel

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    Aviation biofuel, the NTSB summary report on the Asiana flight 214 accident, the SAAB 105 trainer, an Air New Zealand and Etihad maintenance agreement, and aviation news from the UK. Co-host Rob Mark will be away for a few months to focus on some other projects, and we welcome National CFI of the Year Max Trescott to help shoulder the co-hosting load. Guest Guest Steve Csonka is a long-time commercial aviation professional with airline and aviation OEM experience, and he’s the Executive Director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), a public/private partnership.
  • AirplaneGeeks 304 – Searching Out Interesting Aircraft

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    We talk about about the USA Today general aviation safety report, airline social media strategy, the youngest person to circumnavigate Australia solo, something new in the search for MH 370, the airline market in Scandinavia, and carbon airplane brakes. Guest Bernie Leighton travels around the world in search of aircraft to learn about, experience, and photograph. He’s been obsessed with Russian aviation in particular since he was very young. Bernie writes his stories for AirlineReporter.com. Bernie will go anywhere to fly on anything. He spent four years in Australia learning about how to…
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    My Flight Blog

  • Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Review

    tmacrock
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    As a pilot and father to twin four year old's the opening weekend of Planes: Fire & Rescue, the second movie in the Planes Trilogy, was a day we have been looking forward to for some time to come. A...
  • Flight Training At Its Best: Al Waterloo

    tmacrock
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    It seems every aviation site and magazine continues to discuss how Flight Training is broken. Travis Ammon of Simple Flight wrote an interesting post, "Lets Quit the Blame Game" earlier this year about how the industry needs to stop focusing...
  • Making the Best of a Marginal VFR Day

    tmacrock
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    It had been a while since I had flown, so to get current, I booked some time with Simple Flight CFI Extraordinaire Al Waterloo. Our goal was to go out and do a biennial flight review flight (BFR). However, when...
  • Missed by History: Jerrie Mock The First Woman to Fly Around the World

    tmacrock
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Quick, name the most famous female aviator of all time? Of course your answer was Amelia Earhart, a revolutionary figure in aviation with a tragic story to boot. However, I contend that Jerrie Mock should have been in your decision...
  • San Francisco Seaplane Adventures

    tmacrock
    27 Jan 2014 | 6:54 pm
    I think all pilots, subconsciously or not, gravitate towards airports. We can't keep our eyes from focusing on overflying airplanes and following them to airports, or at least that is what I do. While visiting San Francisco this past weekend...
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  • Videos for 2014-07-22

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The IDF's Anti-Terror Strategy in Gaza The IDF's Anti-Terror Strategy in Gaza The IDF has a well developed process in order to target terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Targets are selected after careful consideration and coordination from every aspect of the IDF. From: defenseupdate Views: 103 5 ratings Time: 02:42 More in News & Politics
  • Integrator UAV Completes 24 hour flight test

    Tamir Eshel
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The Integrator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has recently completed a 24-hour flight, demonstrating the platform's expanded endurance and increased gross take-off weight. Integrator is providing the aerial platform for the US Marine Corps' RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical UAS.               Related Stories3D printing, self healing, transforming, among UK future aircraft technologiesF-35 fleet grounded pending results of recent engine fire investigationARL: Bringing nano robots to realityUS Navy evaluates laser weapons to…
  • US airlines cancel Israel-bound flights fearing rocket attacks

    News Desk
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) directed US airlines to avoid flying to Israel's Ben Gurion International airport, fearing Hamas rocket attacks. The directive followed a rocket strike at the town of Yehud, few kilometers nearby the airport. Other attacks directed at the airport were previously foiled by Israel's Iron Dome C-RAM weapons.               Related StoriesIsrael scrambles the eights Iron Dome unit from David’s Sling elementsIsrael receives new M346 trainers from ItalyCyber Intelligence Report…
  • Israel launches a ground campaign in Gaza

    Tamir Eshel
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Following ten days of aerial and naval attacks on terror targets in the Gaza strip, and continuous rocket fire against Israeli towns and villages by Palestinian terror groups from Gaza, Israel is increasing the pressure on Hamas in Gaza launching a ground operation within the Gaza Strip. The forces moved on 22:00 Israel Time (20:00 GMT)               Related StoriesIsrael receives new M346 trainers from ItalyCyber Intelligence Report – July 15, 2014Israel scrambles the eights Iron Dome unit from David’s Sling…
  • Cyber Intelligence Report – July 15, 2014

    INSS
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    In this edition: Operation Protective Edge hits cyber realm | Operation Protective Edge in cyber industry | U.S. engaged in talks with China regarding cyber spying activity | DOD bolstering cyber security resources within civilian and military networks | South Africa’s cyber crime increases | Cyber security issues take center stage at 5th Kenya Internet Governance Forum | New Australian Center for Cyber Security | North Korea expanding cyber power | France creating national cyber reserve unit | Norway financial institutions under cyber-attack by…
 
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    Pilot Sunglasses by Randolph Engineering AO Eyewear Bolle Serengeti

  • The Boeing P-26 Peashooter

    JetAviator7
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    Boeing P-26 PeashooterThe Boeing P-26 Peashooter was the first American all-metal production fighter aircraft and the first pursuit monoplane used by the United States Army Air Corps.[N 1] Designed and built by Boeing; the prototype first flew in 1932, and the type was still in use with the U.S. Army Air Corps as late as 1941 in the Philippines. The Boeing P-26 was a tricky airplane to land because of the short nose and powerful engine which made the aircraft want to flip nose over tail. This resulted in injury to a number of pilots, and so Boeing installed an armored headrest on the airplane…
  • Flying Legends Warbirds

    JetAviator7
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
    Spitfire Aircraft In FlightIf you like airplanes then you probably love the Supermarine Spitfire! Anyone who has ever thought about World War II and the Battle of Britain surely knows about the legendary Spitfire and the men who flew them. As a pilot I have always loved the sound of those Rolls-Royce Merlin engines with their distinct sound. Whenever I get the chance I go to an airshow, more to see and hear those legendary aircraft from World War II than the whine of jet engines in the current military aircraft. Imperial War Museum In Duxford, England you will find the Imperial War Museum…
  • Wake Turbulence – Devil or Angel?

    JetAviator7
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
    Wake Turbulence From An AircraftWhen I was learning to fly we were always advised to avoid wake turbulence at all costs, but perhaps that has changed now, at least for the USAF. After studying birds the engineers at Boeing came up with the idea of using wake turbulence from a lead aircraft to surf, much like race cars draft each other by getting close behind another car. The idea is for one aircraft to trail (surf) behind another aircraft and use the wake turbulence off of a wing to pull the trailing aircraft along. Theoretically you could have two aircraft trailing behind the left and right…
  • Sunglass Lenses

    JetAviator7
    30 May 2014 | 1:30 am
    Sunglass Lenses TintsAs you shop for aviator sunglasses you are sure to notice the different sunglass lenses colors, but have you ever considered the fact that the color the sunglass lenses might be important depending upon what you need the sunglasses for? Lens color is a key factor to the sunglass-wearing experience; the amount and types of details the pilot needs to see in various lighting conditions will determine the precise sunglass lens color he needs. “Color perception varies from person to person,” says Oakley’s Andy McSorley. “It is solely opinion-based.” Nonetheless, he…
  • Short Field Takeoff

    JetAviator7
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    A Short Field TakeoffFor pilots one of the most challenging situations are the short field takeoff. But add to that density altitude and you have even more of a challenge! Over the years I have encountered a number of times when a short field takeoff was required by runway length or density altitude considerations; however, I never trusted the charts to be completely accurate because the aircraft I was flying was not brand new flown by a test pilot. As a result I always added a safety margin. Short Field Technique The short field takeoff technique you use will be determined by the type of…
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  • The Boeing P-26 Peashooter

    JetAviator7
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    Boeing P-26 PeashooterThe Boeing P-26 Peashooter was the first American all-metal production fighter aircraft and the first pursuit monoplane used by the United States Army Air Corps.[N 1] Designed and built by Boeing; the prototype first flew in 1932, and the type was still in use with the U.S. Army Air Corps as late as 1941 in the Philippines. The Boeing P-26 was a tricky airplane to land because of the short nose and powerful engine which made the aircraft want to flip nose over tail. This resulted in injury to a number of pilots, and so Boeing installed an armored headrest on the airplane…
  • Flying Legends Warbirds

    JetAviator7
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
    Spitfire Aircraft In FlightIf you like airplanes then you probably love the Supermarine Spitfire! Anyone who has ever thought about World War II and the Battle of Britain surely knows about the legendary Spitfire and the men who flew them. As a pilot I have always loved the sound of those Rolls-Royce Merlin engines with their distinct sound. Whenever I get the chance I go to an airshow, more to see and hear those legendary aircraft from World War II than the whine of jet engines in the current military aircraft. Imperial War Museum In Duxford, England you will find the Imperial War Museum…
  • Wake Turbulence – Devil or Angel?

    JetAviator7
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
    Wake Turbulence From An AircraftWhen I was learning to fly we were always advised to avoid wake turbulence at all costs, but perhaps that has changed now, at least for the USAF. After studying birds the engineers at Boeing came up with the idea of using wake turbulence from a lead aircraft to surf, much like race cars draft each other by getting close behind another car. The idea is for one aircraft to trail (surf) behind another aircraft and use the wake turbulence off of a wing to pull the trailing aircraft along. Theoretically you could have two aircraft trailing behind the left and right…
  • Sunglass Lenses

    JetAviator7
    30 May 2014 | 1:30 am
    Sunglass Lenses TintsAs you shop for aviator sunglasses you are sure to notice the different sunglass lenses colors, but have you ever considered the fact that the color the sunglass lenses might be important depending upon what you need the sunglasses for? Lens color is a key factor to the sunglass-wearing experience; the amount and types of details the pilot needs to see in various lighting conditions will determine the precise sunglass lens color he needs. “Color perception varies from person to person,” says Oakley’s Andy McSorley. “It is solely opinion-based.” Nonetheless, he…
  • Short Field Takeoff

    JetAviator7
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    A Short Field TakeoffFor pilots one of the most challenging situations are the short field takeoff. But add to that density altitude and you have even more of a challenge! Over the years I have encountered a number of times when a short field takeoff was required by runway length or density altitude considerations; however, I never trusted the charts to be completely accurate because the aircraft I was flying was not brand new flown by a test pilot. As a result I always added a safety margin. Short Field Technique The short field takeoff technique you use will be determined by the type of…
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    anna.aero

  • Record June for Airbus and Boeing; Air New Zealand receives #1 787-9

    anna.aero
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Airbus and Boeing recorded strongest June since anna.aero started tracking aircraft deliveries in 2008, with the American producer handing over 71 airframes, 16 more than its European counterpart. Airbus will have to add some power if it wants to catch up with Boeing, which leads the 2014 delivery race by 39 units. After the strongest […]The post Record June for Airbus and Boeing; Air New Zealand receives #1 787-9 appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Volaris adds third route to Denver with Chihuahua service

    anna.aero
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Volaris expands presence at Denver, CO with weekly flights from Chihuahua, using its A320s. Volaris’ Chihuahua to Denver Volaris, which in the previous week added weekly flights to Denver, continued to expand its presence at Denver, CO (DEN), this time from Chihuahua (CUU) on 12 July. The 1,250-kilometre sector will be operated weekly (Mondays), utilising […]The post Volaris adds third route to Denver with Chihuahua service appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Leak of the Week – Amsterdam set to follow Porto as next easyJet base

    anna.aero
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    After a World Cup semi-final exit, the Dutch are probably hungry for some good news. Fortunately for them, good news comes in orange packages, with easyJet planning to base three aircraft in Amsterdam next summer, anna.aero can exclusively reveal. easyJet is close to announcing that Amsterdam will become its 26th base, as the LCC continues […]The post Leak of the Week – Amsterdam set to follow Porto as next easyJet base appeared first on anna.aero.
  • New airline routes launched (08 July – 14 July 2014)

    anna.aero
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    A total of 28 air services were launched by 18 airlines during the course of last week, including Copa Airlines expanding its presence at Panama City with routes to Fort Lauderdale and Georgetown, Iraqi Airways linking Erbil to London Gatwick and Berlin Tegel as well as Azerbaijan Airlines entering the Swiss market with Geneva service […]The post New airline routes launched (08 July – 14 July 2014) appeared first on anna.aero.
  • London Gatwick and Brussels airports show-off Cake awards for Norwegian and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium respectively

    anna.aero
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    In this week’s Network Planning Community News, Porto Santo Airport celebrates with cakes the arrivals of Iberia Express from Madrid and Santiago de Compostela, as well as Germania from Düsseldorf. Furthermore, the Portuguese airport also celebrates the 50th anniversary of its airport peer at Funchal.The post London Gatwick and Brussels airports show-off Cake awards for Norwegian and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium respectively appeared first on anna.aero.
 
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  • Vote Now For Your Best Airline in SimpliFlying Awards 2014! #SFAwards14

    SimpliFlying
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    Back for the 5th time, SimpliFlying Awards are bigger and better than ever For SimpliFlying Awards 2014, not only has the awards categories been revamped with 6 categories dedicated to airlines, we also saw entries from more airlines around the world as compared in past years – from United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australasia. (Note: SimpliFlying Awards for airports is coming up later this year. Details to follow soon.) And the race begins NOW til Aug, 8! Our airline finalists across six categories have put together two slides each to demonstrate quickly why they deserve…
  • [Free Report + Video] The State of Airline Marketing 2014: 7 New Trends with accompanying Case Studies

    Shubhodeep Pal
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    The State of Airline Marketing 2014 what? Published by SimpliFlying and airlinetrends.com, this year’s report has 7 new trends, that show how airline marketing is undergoing a revolution. why? Learn about the 7 key trends in airline marketing today including Visual Culture, Cool Tech, People Power and more! Each trend is accompanied by an illustrative case-study. is the report for you? This report is indispensable for marketing and communication professionals working at airlines and creative agencies who want to stay on top of the latest trends and best practices in airline…
  • Which were the best airline marketing campaigns in June 2014? Find out in our Airline Marketing Benchmark Report

    Shubhodeep Pal
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Jointly produced by SimpliFlying, and industry and consumer trends research agency, airlinetrends.com, the highly-acclaimed Airline Marketing Benchmark Report analyses a wide range of airline marketing case studies each month. Disover 15 new innovative airline marketing campaigns. Every month. The monthly report contains a selection of the 15 most innovative marketing and advertising campaigns launched by airlines around the world and assesses their impact. If you are a numbers person, you’d love our report too! What’s in this month’s report? A wide range of case studies…
  • Which were the best airport marketing campaigns from the second quarter of 2014? Find out in our Airport Marketing Benchmark Report

    Shubhodeep Pal
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    In a world of short attention spans and increasing options, advertising is undergoing an unprecedented change. Our latest airport marketing benchmark report highlights the airport brands that are developing strategies that will resonate with 21st-century travellers. Online content helps people express emotion and connect with each other around shared passions. Users want to interact through sharing, commenting and joining a conversation. Airport brands can leverage these passions and conversations to forge deeper bonds with their passengers. Discover the 15 most innovative airport marketing…
  • Airline Marketing during World Cup: KLM’s Twitter gaffe, AeroMexico’s response and Belgian chocolates

    Shashank Nigam
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    In the age when there are over 200 airlines on Twitter, and numerous more on Facebook and other social mediums, an airline’s brand persona is often determined by its latest Tweet. What might pass off as a whim on a personal Twitter account often gets closely associated to the brand, when tweeted by an airline. And marketers looking to build strong airline brands need to keep this in mind. KLM makes a rare Twitter gaffe During the soccer World Cup in Brazil, as Mexico was knocked by the Netherlands in the final minutes of the match last weekend, somebody at KLM’s social…
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    Aviation Marketing

  • LinkedIn for Aviation Marketing – Video Excerpt

    Paula Williams
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
      The recording of the full class, as well as the printed slides and materials, are available to our Master Class Members by clicking here. (Login required.) Not yet a member? Join us!
  • Download the August 2014 Aviation Marketing Calendar

    Paula Williams
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Download the August 2014 Aviation Marketing Calendar. Know about aviation trade shows, conventions and events. Plan marketing routines that lead to long-term success. Be aware of ABCI webinars, panel discussions and executive briefings. Using a calendar like this one to plan your marketing activities will help you stay on track, coordinate activities among your own team, and coordinate with other organizations.
  • Social Media Survey of Aviation Professionals – Results and Recommendations

    Paula Williams
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    ABCI (Aviation Business Consultants International)  conducted a social media survey of aviation professionals, which concluded on July 11, 2014. The results confirmed some of our suspicions, and held a few surprises as well. We advertised the survey on eight social media networks, as well as on our blog.  Survey respondents were compensated only with a report of the results. Who responded to the survey? The first two questions were designed to determine the segments of the aviation industry that respondents worked in, the companies they work for, and the positions they hold within those…
  • “Is it worth upgrading an account to LinkedIn Business, Business Plus or Executive?”

    Paula Williams
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Here’s a question we received AFTER our LinkedIn webinar this week- it’s a good one, and I wish we had included in the session! “Is it worth upgrading an account to LinkedIn Business, Business Plus or Executive?” But, better late than never,  here’s the answer now. Although I’m sure the folks that work at LinkedIn would disagree, my opinion is no, it’s not worth upgrading an account to LinkedIn Business or any of the premium options. Here’s why: The primary benefit of those paid, premium accounts is that you are able to send “out of…
  • LinkedIn Basics – What We Won’t Be Covering in Wednesday’s Session

    Paula Williams
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Many people think of LinkedIn as an online resume service or job-hunting tool, both of which are definitely worthwhile LinkedIn Basics. It can also be used as a powerful marketing platform, especially for the complex, high-touch business aviation market. Our LinkedIn Webinar on Wednesday will be covering some very advanced techniques and exceedingly powerful ways to use LinkedIn, but we WON’T be covering the basics for first-time LinkedIn users.  We only have an hour, and want to make sure it’s a great use of time for everyone that joins us. We asked in the registration form…
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    Multiply LeadershipMultiply Leadership | Flight Test + Mathematics x Leadership

  • “cleared for takeoff” — observations #28

    Mark Jones Jr
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Not all words are powerful. Words spoken in the proper context by the appropriate person can be extremely powerful. “Cleared for takeoff” is one such example. These words must be delivered by the appropriate air traffic controller, at a specific time, to a particular aircraft. It is the combination of these three things, along with the actual message, that makes the clearance meaningful. 1. Context 2. Speaker 3. Receiver 4. Message In some cases, even jargon is necessary. Communication is complicated, which means that we have an important responsibility to steward the power of…
  • leadership is “and” not an “or” — observations #27

    Mark Jones Jr
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Sometimes on the road of life, I find myself in two roles–both leader and follower. For example, when you stand in a line, you follow the person in front of yourself, but you lead the person behind you. I don’t believe that you have to be a leader or a follower. In fact, I think the best leaders are the ones following something worthwhile and helping those who can’t yet lead themselves. Life is a journey. And these are observations from ours. __________________________________________________ You’ve just read observations, a monthly column that illustrates in my…
  • Index of First Flights – June

    Mark Jones Jr
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Feedback needed: Should I clean up the format? Should I hyperlink or just leave it as plain text? What else do you like or not like about the layout? Send a tweet to @FlightTestFact with your thoughts. 6/1/1944 First flight of the Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning #flighttest http://ow.ly/3leDJr 6/2/2009 First flight of the Lockheed Martin X-55 ACCA #flighttest http://ow.ly/3lh5I6 6/3/1949 First flight of the Lockheed XF-90, with variable incidence empennage #flighttest http://ow.ly/xz1LN via @afmuseum 6/4/1980 First flight of the Japan Air Self Defense Force F-15J #flighttest…
  • why is probability important? ATOMs #14-13

    Mark Jones Jr
    15 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’ve been having a conversation with other members of my profession, flight test, an area of expertise that involves engineering, aviation, and generally speaking, the scientific process. The major points of my plea are as follows. 1. I personally believe that probability and other applied tools of mathematics and statistics are as important as airmanship. [At this point, I have, by my choice of words--airmanship--down-selected the breadth of my audience.] 2. I also believe that it’s not the formula for standard deviation (or any other probability distribution) that’s most…
  • Index of First Flights – May

    Mark Jones Jr
    30 May 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Feedback needed: Should I clean up the format? Should I hyperlink or just leave it as plain text? What else do you like or not like about the layout? Send a tweet to @FlightTestFact with your thoughts. 5/1/2012 First flight of the GippsAero GA10 Airvan #flighttest http://ow.ly/wc9J7 @gippsaero1 5/2/2009 First flight of the Gweduck amphibious experimental, replica of Grumman Widgeon http://ow.ly/wcaiT http://ow.ly/wcajX 5/3/1977 First flight of the @one_bell Bell XV-15 titlrotor VTOL experimental aircraft #flighttest http://ow.ly/wrOI5 via @airandspace 5/4/1963 First flight of the…
 
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    Greteman Group

  • Sedgwick County Health Department Worksite Wellness Newsletter; Wellness Policy Highlight

    Greteman Group
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    This quarter, we are highlighting a wellness benefit offered at Greteman Group which specializes in full-service aviation marketing, advertising and public relations. Click here for the company website. Doggie Fridays  Friendly, well-behaved dogs are welcome to join us in the office on Fridays…Please be courteous to other team members (addressing behavior concerns immediately, controlling barking, minimizing distractions,...
  • Why NBAA Regional Forums Rock

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    NBAA regional forums like last week’s in Van Nuys deliver a concentrated punch of information and inspiration. Greteman Group colleague Rachel Groene and I attended this one-day event on June 26. Signature Flight Support and TWC Aviation threw open their doors to exhibitors and cleared tarmacs for static displays at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). Located...
  • Greteman Group Work for Hutton Construction Published

    Greteman Group
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Hutton Construction has concrete vision. But it took Greteman Group, a Wichita-based marketing communications agency, for Hutton to truly claim the stuff it’s made of. The identity Greteman Group created for Hutton Construction was selected for inclusion in LogoLounge 8, which publishes in July. LogoLounge serves as a highly respected online resource, showcasing current work...
  • Greteman Group Adds New Digital Director

    Greteman Group
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Sarah Goertz recently joined Wichita-based marketing agency Greteman Group as digital director. She leads digital strategies, from conception through successful implementation for the agency and its clients. Goertz brings a strong interactive background, from immersive web design to app development. Prior to joining Greteman Group, Goertz worked first at Cessna then at Beechcraft, now Textron...
  • BlueSky Business Aviation News; To App or Not to App?

    Greteman Group
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:33 pm
    BlueSky Business Aviation News   Todd Gimlin, senior interactive developer at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital. To App or Not to App? irst a couple of facts. The number of smartphones and tablets in use in the world is well over a billion. And there’s more than 1.5...
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    Air Facts Journal

  • Mecca

    Lane Wallace
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Note: Meet Lane Wallace in person at EAA AirVenture this year. Lane will be in Sporty’s Tent (outside Exhibit Hangar B) on Monday, July 28, 2014, from 2 pm to 3 pm, signing copies of her book, Unforgettable: My 10 Best Flights. Lane is a long-time attendee in Oshkosh, and this is the first chapter from Unforgettable Fifty-one weeks out of the year, Wittman Field in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is an unremarkable, if scenic, stretch of open fields surrounding two long runways arranged in a kind of disconnected “T” configuration. There’s a museum up the way, through the trees, where another…
  • Lesson learned at Oshkosh: eyes opened

    Frank Christopher
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    I earned my ticket in October of 2006 at the age of 35. A few months later, in July of 2007, a pilot friend of the family heard I was a new pilot and invited me along to Oshkosh. Even though I had just met Steve, I thought it was an awesome opportunity so of course I said yes. It was my first real flying trip, and it was to Oshkosh (my first time)! I was excited, to say the least. All my training was still fresh in my mind, so I felt like I would make a good co-pilot, and also would learn a lot from this guy who has his own plane. His plan was to fly there and back in the same day. I had a…
  • Go or No Go: a legal alternate?

    John Zimmerman
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    You’ve been looking forward to this trip for months, as you and some buddies are headed to beautiful Bandon, Oregon for a long weekend of golf–five tee times in three days. Better yet, you get to fly there in your Piper Malibu. While “ordinary” folks have to fly into Portland and drive four hours or make multiple connections on the airlines, you can fly directly to sleepy Bandon (S05) from your home in Boise, Idaho (BOI) in just over two hours. This is what general aviation is all about. You have over 2500 hours total time, with 500 of those in the Malibu. You are…
  • 8 engines, coming at us

    Warren Smith
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    The year was maybe 1970. We lived in Southern California and my wife of 25 years wanted to fly to her home in Tacoma, Washington, and visit her mother for our summer vacation. So, I borrowed the company Bonanza (with permission) and we took off early one morning headed north. Everything went well and we stopped in Red Bluff, California, for fuel and a bite to eat around 1300. While settling up for the fuel at the FBO’s office, a California National Guard Major came in with a harrowing tale about how he had just survived being tossed around in the clouds over the Siskyou Mountains. He…
  • Flight to the Repose

    Arnold Reiner
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Quite simply we were there for them. We flew them to battle, resupplied ammunition and rations, rescued them when they couldn’t fight their way out, evacuated their casualties, and did everything we could to further their survival. The CH-46 was a workhorse of the Vietnam war. That night in the spring of 1967 our mission was to transport  about 15 wounded marines from the Phu Bai marine base, nine miles southeast of Hue on Vietnam’s coastal plain, to the hospital ship USS Repose about 15 miles off the coast in the South China Sea. The Repose was a World War II-era converted merchant…
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    iPad Pilot News

  • iPad Pilots: it’s time to update your digital charts

    Bret Koebbe
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Keeping ForeFlight’s digital charts up to date is a breeze Get out your iPad and connect to WiFi – it’s time to update your digital charts. The new cycle starts Thursday, July 24, and will be valid for 28 to 56 days depending on chart type. We strongly recommend that you plug your iPad into a power source before starting the update since it can take several hours to download all the data. ForeFlight users: select More at the bottom right, then Downloads at the top left. One press of the green Download button at the bottom of the screen will download all the queued chart…
  • New iPad 101 webinar coming up this Thursday

    Bret Koebbe
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Sporty’s free iPad webinar is designed for both new and experienced iPad pilots. Just bought an iPad for your airplane, or thinking about getting one? Sporty’s will be hosting its popular iPad 101 webinar this Thursday, covering a wide variety of topics for pilots new to flying with the iPad. The webinar will be presented by Bret Koebbe, Editor of iPad Pilot News and an experienced iPad pilot from Sporty’s. This presentation will explore apps, accessories and tips and tricks to help you maximize the iPad’s utility in the airplane, including: iPad 101: iPad Air vs.
  • Garmin Pilot goes global with version 6.2

    John Zimmerman
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    European pilots now have a sophisticated chart and moving map solution with Garmin Pilot version 6.2. We’ve written before about the great strides Garmin has made with its Pilot app, but this has always been limited (like most major apps) to US pilots. And while various app companies have sprouted up to serve individual countries, there just isn’t a full-featured app that covers the whole world. Jeppesen gets close, but it lacks many of the features of popular GA apps, and it’s far more expensive. That is changing with version 6.2 of Garmin Pilot. The app now provides…
  • ForeFlight adds cloud syncing and new terrain controls

    Bret Koebbe
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    The cloud syncing feature in ForeFlight keeps your data in sync between multiple devices. It seems most pilots these days use their ForeFlight app on multiple devices, relying on an iPhone when on the go for basic flight planning and weather, and then taking advantage of the iPad’s larger screen for in-flight use. The challenge though, is that you have to enter your flight planning data separately on both devices to get the most out of the app. ForeFlight version 6.2.1 solves this problem by adding a new automated, cloud-based syncing feature that transfers data seamlessly…
  • Official 2014 AirVenture Oshkosh app now available

    Bret Koebbe
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The official 2014 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show app hit the Apple and Android app stores recently and has everything you need to travel to and get the most out of the action-packed aviation event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  This year’s app was developed directly by EAA and adds some helpful new interactive map and notification features to keep you informed and guide you around the show grounds. To help with your trip planning, the app includes a complete travel section with detailed info on driving, commercial air service, and of course, flying directly in to Oshkosh. The complete…
 
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    New Airport Insider: Unique Airport Insights

  • Australia Airports Build: Politics and Sydney Airport No. 2

    Dan Parsons
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    A couple of the world’s airport hotspots have already been profiled on this blog but this post isn’t about a hotspot, it’s probably more of an odd-spot. While Australia is a big country, it is also a small country. It […]
  • Introduction to Airport Planning: The Master Plan

    David Ruiz-Celada
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:35 am
    On January 1st, 1914. Abram Pheil became the 1st scheduled passenger in aviation history when he travelled between St. Petersburg and Tampa on a two-seater: Benoist XIV. More than 100 years have passed since, and aviation has bloomed as a whole […]
  • A-CDM Get Together at Heathrow Airport

    Kris de Bolle
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    Left to right: Rodolphe Linais from Aéroports de Paris – A-CDM at Charles de Gaulle Airport / Ruud van Ooij from KLM – A-CDM* de-icing project at Schiphol Airport / Hans Kelder from KLM Ground Services – A-CDM* de-icing project at […]
  • Indonesia Airports Build: Overcrowding

    Guillaume Dupont
    28 May 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Indonesia’s 230 airports are as active as the ones serving its capital, and sadly busy in the same proportions. The 25 Indonesian airports managed by state-owned company PT Angkasa Pur (which includes the country’s busiest such as Surabaya, Jakarta, Makassar and Bali Denpasar) […]
  • Performance: Going for the Deep Dive

    Dan Parsons
    14 May 2014 | 1:45 pm
    In this series’s previous post, I discussed the identification of critical controls in the service of a fully-functioning airport (or anything for that matter) safety assurance, but that is not the end of the story. The point of having these […]
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    Keyboard and Rudder: Notes of a CFI

  • What do beer and thunderstorms have in common?

    Larry M. Coleman
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    We all know that beer and flying don't mix. What you may not know is that the same thing that causes trouble for your beer also causes trouble for your flying.If you're already a weather expert, this post may help you visualize some of the terms you already know in a different way. If you're not, have no fear: you're going to be ahead of the game because you'll understand more about some technical weather terms that you'll see on your private and/or instrument written exams than I did back when I took mine.Those terms are "convection" and "latent heat of condensation". I made it all the way…
  • SPECIAL PROGRAMMING NOTE!

    Larry M. Coleman
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    You've probably noticed that the last two weeks of posts haven't appeared. Is Keyboard & Rudder dead?Not at all. I've just been extremely busy.What could possibly keep me so busy I haven't written?Going to the big new world of the airlines, that's what.Yes, after several years as a happy flight instructor, a recent change in circumstances has led me to enter the Part 121 scene. It's an exciting new world, with new procedures, new routes, and new equipment to learn (for me, the Dash 8), and that's what I've been up to since early this month.Once a flight instructor, always a flight…
  • The "Fun Curve" of Flying

    Larry M. Coleman
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of the ways learning to fly changes your life is that it presents you with challenges that you can either face up to or run away from. Dealing with these teaches you about who you are and makes you better at dealing with life's obstacles.One of these challenges is dealing with learning how to press on even when things aren't as fun. Life itself is a series of ups and downs with its good times and its bad times, and flying is just life on a smaller scale.Unlike life, however, I have a map for you that will tell you when the good times will be and when the not-so-good times will come. I…
  • Bringing you what brings the weather

    Larry M. Coleman
    6 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    I recently had a chance to visit the National Weather Service office in Cleveland as part of a Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Meteorological Society event. While the weather happens up above, the people at the NWS are the ones who bring it to you.Whether you're planning a flight or a picnic, or want to know if you need to go shopping for a new pair of ruby slippers, the forecast you need comes from a two-story building on the west side of the field at Cleveland-Hopkins. The Doppler radar you're used to watching on the TV or on the Internet is right in the parking lot:The CLE Doppler…
  • A successful failure

    Larry M. Coleman
    31 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    This month, the FAA launched an initiative called "Got Weather?" to help pilots get better at evaluating weather and its hazards on their own. Each month has a separate topic, and May's is turbulence.It's no secret that weather is one of my favorite things about aviation, so to contribute to their initiative, I'm capping off my May schedule of posts with a little story that blends turbulence, equipment failures, a failed forecast, and a failed landing attempt into an extremely successful flight.It was a dark and stormy night.... Well, actually, it was a clear blue day. Slightly on the breezy…
 
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  • Shots Taken Out Of Airplane Windows

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Have a look to those amazing shots taken out of airplane windows. If you have more pictures, do not hesitate to share with us. Mount Pico, Azores archipelago The Alps Colorado Osaka, Japan Palm Island, Dubai, UAE Las Vegas, Nevada Midtown Manhattan, New York Los Angeles, California Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Malaysia Airlines News

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:58 am
    Rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over two flight-data recorders from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysia experts. Have a look.
  • The great aviation graveyard

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    The 'boneyards' in Arizona, California and New Mexico are home to hundreds of retired commercial and military aircraft that are stored in the dry desert conditions to prevent them from going rusty. Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed and Airbus store planes at these bases, with the hope the planes will fly again. However many are eventually scrapped or used for spare parts. Have a look and do not hesitate to share your opinion.
  • BAE unveils Striker II night vision helmet for fighter pilots

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    BAE Systems built the Striker II. This new helmet allow pilot to see in the dark via an integrated night vision camera. The Previous generations of fighter pilot helmets have been fitted with exterior night vision goggles, which added to the overall weight on a pilot's head. Analogue goggles can weigh as much as 0.5kg. That does not sound like a lot, but they become nine times heavier when the jet accelerates at 9G. Night vision is vital to pilots when they are flying in close formation, refuelling in mid-air, assisting troops on the ground, and even launching a ground attack. Have a look to…
  • Farnborough International Airshow 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Here some photos about Farnborough International Airshow 2014. Have a look and do not hesitate to share if your have more pictures.
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